Skip to comments.Pentagon's Problem w/Proselytizing-Evangelicals lately have detected worrying signals from military
Posted on 05/10/2013 6:25:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In early April, Army Reserve soldiers in Pennsylvania were told in a redeployment briefing that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics were "extremists," the same category as al Qaeda. Later that month, the Southern Baptist Convention's website was blocked on Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps bases due to what the military's software filter told Web users was "hostile content." And in early May, news reports said that an anti-Christian crusader had proposed new rules for the Pentagon so that military-service members could be court-martialed for sharing their faith.
But the initial reports on these matters were exaggerated, taken out of context or simply false. The Army Reserve briefing materials in Pennsylvania were quickly corrected, and the alleged website ban turned out to be a software glitch. On May 2, the Pentagon issued a statement reiterating its policy that personal evangelism is permitted:
"The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution," assured Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen in the statement. "The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members."
So is the case about Pentagon policy closed? Not at all, say some religious-liberty advocates.
For one thing, the Pentagon statement clarifying that military personnel would not be court-martialed if they "evangelize" also said that "proselytization" is considered a Uniform Code of Military Justice offense. Yet the definitions of those two words are almost identical: Merriam-Webster defines proselytization as "to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause" and evangelize as "to preach the gospel to or to convert to Christianity."
In response to the Pentagon statement, two Southern Baptist leaders issued their own statement on May 6 voicing concern about religious freedom....
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Gays in charge. What did they expect?
they need to throw some people into foxholes and put them under heavy fire they can start with hagel
Exactly. They are threatened by tradition.
Obama is intent on driving Chaplin’s from the Military.
Let the End Times Begin!
Here come the Mullahs. The brotherhood took control of the nuclear arsenal last month when they fired the 17 officers who wouldn’t take orders to nuke their own people. The American people are being taken down the road to hell.
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